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Did You Know?

New York, Aug 07, 2009

Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the ANSI Federation, highlighting the people and initiatives making waves in standardization.

AF&PA Provides Case Studies on Successful Paper Recycling Programs
The American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA), a member and accredited standards developer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has released a series of case studies that provide organizations with how-to guides for implementing successful paper recycling programs. The case studies can be applied to programs for schools, universities, businesses, and communities.

Based on the 2009 AF&PA Recycling Award–winning programs, each study provides detailed information on administration, public outreach strategies, collection methods, and building partnerships for recycling programs. All elements of the case studies, including brief video clips and outreach materials, are provided to interested stakeholders at no cost.

For more information, see the AF&PA news release. To access the case studies, visit

ASCEville Teaches Children the Impact of Civil Engineers
The American Society of Civil Engineers, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, has created a new website to introduce children to civil engineering. ASCEville encourages young scientists to explore the impact of civil engineering through fun, interactive features that show how the field affects the world around them.

Visitors to the site also learn about the careers associated with civil engineering, from transportation engineers to sustainable site developers. Games such as “The Skyscraper Challenge” and “Forces Lab” give children an entertaining and hands-on introduction to many aspects of a civil engineer’s work.

For more information, see the ASCE press release or visit ASCEville.

NECA Webinar Provides Tips on Estimating Labor Time for Installing Electrical Material
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, is offering a free webinar entitled “What’s New in the MLU.” The August 19, 2009, webcast will provide detailed tips on the use of the Manual Labor Units (MLU) reference, which lists the national average direct labor time required to install electrical material under typical conditions on a typical project.

Presenter Bob Mooty, estimating management consultant and instructor for NECA’s Management Education Institute (MEI), will highlight the most significant changes to this year’s MLU and offer practical advice and tips for estimating labor time for projects.

Estimators, project managers, and project administrators are encouraged to tune into the webinar. For more information, see the NECA news release.

ASME and NEII Co-sponsor Webinar on Performance-Based Code for Elevator Safety
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII), both ANSI members, are co-sponsoring a webinar to inform stakeholders of the Performance-Based Code for Elevator Safety (PBC).

Published in 2007, the PBC is a companion code to the existing safety code that provides a structured and uniform method for approving new elevator technology while ensuring elevator safety.

The October 13, 2009, webinar is the third in a series that presents requirements of ASME A17.7-2007/CSA B44.7-07, Performance-based safety code for elevators and escalators. Government officials and legislators at all levels, media, and any interested parties are encouraged to attend. For more information, see the NEII news release.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Livestock and Seed Program Seeks Accreditation
ANSI government member the U.S. Department of Agriculture Livestock and Seed Program has submitted an application for accreditation as a developer of American National Standards.

An administrator of programs that facilitate the efficient, fair marketing of U.S. agricultural products including food, fiber, and specialty crops, the USDA Livestock and Seed Program seeks accreditation for its operating procedures for documenting consensus on proposed American National Standards. For additional information or to submit comment, please contact: Martin O’Connor, chief, USDA/AMS/LS/SAT, (202.720.4480; fax: 202.720.1112;

Comments to USDA should be offered by August 31, 2009, with a copy to Jim Thompson, the recording secretary of ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (fax: 212.840.2298;

To view or download a copy of the USDA Livestock and Seed Program’s proposed operating procedures, click here.

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